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BEFORE YOU WATCH: Impact of the Crusades

Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below.
Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below (next in the lineup!). If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.

First read: preview and skimming for gist

Before you watch, you should skim the [transcript](transcript link here) first. The skim should be very quick and give you the gist (general idea) of what the video is about. You should be looking at the title, thumbnails, pictures, and first few seconds of the video for the gist.

Second read: key ideas and understanding content

Now that you’ve skimmed the video transcript and taken a quick peek at the video, you should preview the questions you will be answering. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the concepts and arguments that are presented in the video. Keep in mind that when you watch the video, it is a good idea to write down any vocab you read or hear that is unfamiliar to you.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. How did the population of Muslims and Jews in Europe change during the Crusades?
  2. Which leaders gained power as a result of the Crusades and why?
  3. How did the Crusades affect cities? How did major trading cities play a role in the Crusades?
  4. What kinds of exchanges happened as a result of the Crusades?

Third read: evaluating and corroborating

Finally, here are some questions that will help you focus on why this video matters and how it connects to other content you’ve studied.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
  1. As a result of the Crusades, which societies were pushed further apart? Which societies became more connected? Use evidence from this video and from other articles and videos in this Era to defend your claim. Consider connections at different scales, like between European societies, between different religions, and between European and Muslim states, for example.
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.

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